Shoukry before UNGA: Egypt seeks stable world without tensions

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday Egypt seeks a stable world far away from tensions.

 

Delivering a speech before the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Shoukry called for respecting the UN system and reforming it seriously, objectively, and fairly to enable the UN to be more responsive to all challenges.

 

Shoukry asserted that Egypt adheres to the African stance toward reforming the Security Council, according to the Sirte Declaration

 

The foreign minister pointed out that the Russian-Ukrainian war exacerbated the economic crisis from which the world suffers since the coronavirus pandemic, adding that developing countries face increasing burdens, especially related to the sovereign debt crisis.

 

He affirmed the necessity that the developed countries should engage in launching a global initiative between the creditor and debtor countries that aims to exchange debts and transfer the bulk of it to joint investment projects to create more jobs and achieve positive economic growth.

 

Egypt is ready for cooperating with the international community to establish a global center for storing and trading grains as a part of its contribution to maintaining global food security.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Today Magazine

Egypt offers condolences for death of illegal migrants in Mediterranean

Egypt offered its sincere condolences to Palestine, Lebanon and Syria for the death of a number of illegal migrants and the injury of others in the Mediterranean Sea, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Sunday.

 

 

Egypt expresses its regret to the families of the victims, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery, the statement added. More than 85 dead bodies of migrants have been recovered so far, after an illegal boat sank off the Syrian coast, AFP reported.

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said in a joint statement on Thursday that the boat had reportedly set off towards Europe on Tuesday from the port of Miniyeh, near Tripoli, Lebanon, carrying between 120 and 170 passengers.

 

The statement added that 20 injured people were transported to a hospital in Tartus in Syria.

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Source: Egypt Today Magazine

Consultations under way between Egypt, Sudan on Ethiopian dam

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit said that consultations are ongoing between Egypt and Sudan from one side and international parties on the other to address the file of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

 

 

In an interview with Al Arabiya Al Hadath news channel, Abul Gheit added that the Nile Basin’s downstream countries and the international community cannot accept to have Ethiopia imposing its will in defiance of international law and rules in the using of waters of international rivers.

 

The issue that should be addressed is the importance of Ethiopia’s respect for international law.

 

 

On the Palestinian cause, Abul Gheit asserted that the US was not enthusiastic about the two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis unlike the Europeans.

 

He warned of attempts to bury the Arab Peace Initiative, saying that Israel should prove its seriousness about the two-state solution through its actions.

 

On the situation in Syria, Abul Gheit said that the UN envoy to Syria has failed to achieve any breakthrough until now. He warned of the grave humanitarian conditions in the country, noting that the continued US and Russian military presence and the muscle-flexing by Iran and Israel are impeding efforts for reaching a political settlement in Syria.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Independent

3.673M children examined for hearing impairment: Egypt’s Health min.

The Ministry of Health and Population on Saturday said a hearing survey has been conducted for 3,673,000 children as part of a presidential initiative for early detection and treatment of hearing loss and impairment for newborns.

 

The initiative was launched in September 2019.

 

Some 210,024 children would be re-examined, a week after the first screening at the same unit, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said.

 

Around 22,475 children were referred after the second test to 30 hospitals and referral centers nationwide for higher evaluation and the start of medical treatment or the installation of a hearing aid or the transfer of the child for cochlear implant in accordance to his/her condition, the spokesman added.

 

The number of examination centers were increased to cover 3,500 health units across all governorates to conduct audiological examinations for children from the day of birth to the age of 25 days, he added.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Today Magazine

FM asserts Egypt’s solidarity with Pakistan after its climate crisis

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed Egypt’s solidarity with Pakistan after the difficult climatic conditions it is going through.

 

 

This came during a meeting that he had Sunday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

 

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said the top diplomat stressed the importance of joint global climate action.

 

 

According to him, the two ministers discussed ways to strengthen the historical relations between Egypt and Pakistan in all fields and at all levels and push them forward to broader horizons to fulfill the aspirations of the two friendly peoples and enhance the ability of both countries to face common challenges.

 

They also underlined the importance of promoting trade exchange and pointed out to the tangible development witnessed by bilateral trade relations since EgyptAir’s announcement of the resumption of direct cargo flights between Cairo and Lahore.

 

They expressed as well their hope to continue close communication and the exchange of visits at different levels to boost consultations and coordination at the bilateral level and during international forums, especially under Pakistan’s presidency of the Group of 77.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Independent

Egypt sends aid supplies to Somali brethren

Two military jets took off loaded with aid supplies for Somalia to contribute to easing the burdens of the Somali brethren.

 

This comes at the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi within the framework of Egypt’s support and solidarity with the African brethren in their various crises.

 

The Armed Forces sent two medical teams on board of the two planes to evacuate the injured members of the Somali army who were wounded in the terror operations in Somalia. They will receive treatment in military hospitals.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Today Magazine

PM follows up GEM’s yard development project

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Saturday paid an inspection tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) to follow up restoration work being conducted on King Khufu’s second solar boat, as well as the current situation of the ongoing project to develop the area surrounding the museum.

 

 

The solar boat project’s second phase includes the final restoration, reassembly and installation of the boat, after all the pieces that have been extracted from their discovery site near the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and restored by the museum’s laboratories, Atef Moftah, the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, told the premier.

 

All assembly work is carried out inside the new King Khufu boats Building inside the museum, he added.

 

Also, a development project of the road network surrounding the Grand Egyptian Museum is currently being completed, Madbouly said.

 

The project includes the expansion of the Ring Road around Greater Cairo, the Cairo/Alexandria Desert Road, and the Cairo-Fayoum Desert Road from Remaya Square to the Middle Ring Road, he added.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Independent

EMA expects slight increase in temperatures to the weekend

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority revealed an expected rise in temperatures during the period from Monday to Saturday, October 1.

 

 

There will be a chance for rainfall on Monday in the cities of Halayeb and Shalateen at intermittent intervals.

 

Monday temperatures will reach 35C in Cairo and Lower Egypt during peak hours, while Alexandria will be 31C.

 

 

Temperature in South Sinai governorate will reach 39C, northern Upper Egypt governorates 41C, while the southern Upper Egypt governorates will be 43C during the day.

 

The EMA warned of the mist on highways, agricultural roads, close to water bodies, and roads leading to and from Greater Cairo and the Suez Canal cities.

 

It called on motorists to be careful, drive calmly, and abide by the specified speeds, in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and passengers.

 

Wind activity is expected in the coming days on Lower Egypt and Greater Cairo, which reduces the sense of humidity.

 

The satellites monitored low clouds during daylight hours in areas of Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt and the northern coasts, which cools the atmosphere and breaks the heat of the sun.

 

Expected temperatures on Monday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

Expected temperatures on Tuesday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

Expected temperatures on Wednesday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

Expected temperatures on Thursday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

Expected temperatures on Friday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

Expected temperatures on Saturday:

 

Cairo and Lower Egypt: 35-37C

 

Northern Coasts: 31-34C

 

South Sinai: 39-42C

 

Northern Upper Egypt: 41-43C

 

Southern Upper Egypt: 43-44C

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Independent

Egypt calls for political solution to Syrian crisis

Egypt calls for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and for ensuring humanitarian aid access to the suffering people, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

 

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on September 23 with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, within the framework of Egypt’s interest in ending the Syrian crisis and alleviating the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that Minister Shoukry affirmed during the meeting that Egypt continues to exert efforts to promote a political solution in Syria in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254. For his part, the UN special envoy briefed the foreign minister on the developments of the crisis, as Shoukry reiterated the significance Egypt attaches to resuming various attempts to resolve the crisis.

 

Abu Zeid stated that the need to ensure humanitarian aid access was stressed to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people.

 

On the sidelines of the UNGA meetings, Shoukry also met with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.

 

The meeting discussed means of enhancing bilateral cooperation, and developing economic and trade relations. Both sides praised the role played by the Businessmen Forum of the two countries to advance cooperation in the fields of trade and investment.

 

Moreover, Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid indicated that Minister Shoukry was briefed on recent developments in the current tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan, where he affirmed Egypt’s position that calls for resolving disputes through peaceful means, and reaching a sustainable settlement away from the use of force.

 

The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs also met with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov, on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

 

The meeting thoroughly discussed the file of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Azerbaijan, and means of developing it, taking into account the previous round of political consultations held between the two countries in July in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, as well as the outcome of the meetings of the fifth session of the Egyptian-Azerbaijani Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation and the Egyptian-Azerbaijani Businessmen Forum held in Baku in February 2022.

 

Abu Zeid indicated that Minister Shoukry congratulated his counterpart on the success of Azerbaijan’s presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was characterized by dynamism, as a number of initiatives were launched to revive the movement and enhance cooperation among its countries. This was appreciated by the Azerbaijani foreign minister, who was keen to present the situation due to the tensions between his country and Armenia.

 

In this regard, the Egyptian foreign minister stressed the importance of achieving stability and avoiding deterioration, reiterating Egypt’s firm stance that calls for resolving disputes through diplomatic means, and stresses the necessity to reach a comprehensive and sustainable settlement.

 

 

 

Source: Egypt Today Magazine

Egypt FM before the UN: We will not give up our rights to the Nile River

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday that Egypt will not cede its people’s right to exist attached to the Nile River since the dawn of history.

 

 

During his speech to the United Nations at the meetings of 77th session of the General Assembly, Shoukry added that water security is one of the most important challenges in our world, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

 

He continued, “Whoever thinks that adhering to peaceful means to settle water disputes is a form of weakness is mistaken,” noting that “we acknowledge the Ethiopian people’s right to development and have been committed to self-restraint for a decade.”

 

Shoukry stressed the need to reach a binding agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

 

In July, Egypt sent a letter to the President of the UN Security Council, to express objection against Ethiopia’s continued filling of GERD reservoir unilaterally without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on the filling and operation of this dam.

 

Egypt called on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in this regard, including by intervening to ensure the implementation of the presidential statement issued by the Council, which obligates the three countries to negotiate in order to reach an agreement on GERD at the earliest possible opportunity.

 

Egypt and Sudan say they want a legally binding agreement on operating the dam, while Ethiopia says any pact should be advisory.

 

Egypt and Sudan consider the dam a threat to their vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it essential for development and doubling its electricity production.

 

The downstream nations fear possible blows to water facilities, agricultural land, and overall availability of Nile water.

 

Negotiations over the dam between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have stalled for years, with the three parties ultimately failing to reach any agreements.

 

The disputed dam is the largest hydroelectric project in Africa, with a cost of more than four billion dollars.

 

 

Source: Egypt Independent